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March 17, 2011

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Rhett, Scarlett, the Pet of the Day
Name: Rhett, Scarlett
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male, Female
Kind: Eclectus parrots
Home: Sugar Hill, Georgia, USA
   These are my Eclectus parrots Rhett (Green) and Scarlett outside drying off after shower. They do love the water, and also like being outside where they can holler to their wild neighbors. Yes, they are the same species, in these birds it is very easy to tell the males from the females! The males are green, just like Rhett here, and the females are the vivid red in contrast. Scarlett gets her name from her color, and so of course her beau just had to be Rhett, like the characters in Gone with the Wind. After all, living in Georgia, they are true Southerners!

    They are both about two years old, and are friendly to our family as well as bonded to each other. They are wary of visitors, though, and although their bright colors are very attractive to small children, we keep the birds cage when they visit, because those beaks could do serious damage to small fingers.They get plenty of veggies and fruit, this can get messy, but they are worth it. They also get dark greens like kale and spinach, as well as their bird food, they would not do well on just seed, like people think they could. We love Rhett and Scarlett, they add a cheerful presence to our family every day!

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